Margaret A. Purcell joined the UA System Office as the Executive Director of the Resiliency Initiative in January 2015. The initiative will work to empower students to succeed in class, on campus, and in life. The program design includes weekly small group sessions which cover real L.I.F.E. issues including labor, influence, forgiveness, and experiences. Through the use of guided mentorship, students will participate in challenging exercises and conversations. Group sessions provide personal engagement and a safe environment for reflection. Labor projects are conducted in the community to promote a sense of service to others and connection to the community. Conversations are underway with administrators at each campus to determine how the program will best meet student needs.
Margaret has an undergraduate degree from the University of Montevallo and graduate degrees from The University of Alabama. She holds a doctorate in political science with the major in public administration, and she has administrative experience in the corporate, nonprofit, and higher education sectors. She has taught at the postsecondary level since 1990, and her teaching areas are leadership, nonprofit management, ethics, and communication. She is a frequently requested speaker on topics such as nonprofit management, grant writing, the local food economy, and child welfare, and has done significant volunteer work with nonprofit organizations. Her nonprofit leadership academy was recognized by the UA Center for Community Based Partnerships in 2012 as one of the best community engagement projects at The University of Alabama.